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9 January 2013

Cardiff and Vale College student Natalie wins Future Entrepreneur Award

An Art & Design student from Cardiff and Vale College has won a prestigious Future Entrepreneur Award at a lavish ceremony in Cardiff City Hall.

Natalie Primus, who studies BTEC Extended Diploma Art & Design (3D Design), won the Further Education heat of the awards for her ‘Pri-Pod’ – an innovative tripod system for keen photographers. The 17-year-old from Ely received the award from College Principal & Chief Executive Mike James and Business in Focus Chief Executive Katy Chamberlain.

As well as the award, Natalie received £1,000 and will benefit from support and advice from Business in Focus to develop her product.

“This experience has given me so much confidence,” Natalie said. “I’ve developed so many business skills such as planning, presenting and networking.

“I felt so grown up sat at the Awards dinner chatting to the College governors! My next step is to work with Business in Focus to protect the Pri-Pod idea while I continue with my studies.”

The University of Glamorgan established the annual Future Entrepreneur Awards four years ago. Organised by the University’s Centre of Enterprise and School of Creative Industries, the awards aim to encourage entrepreneurship and enterprise among university and college students in Wales.

The finalists from colleges in South Wales pitched their business ideas to a Dragons’ Den style judging panel made up of industry experts. Delicia Do Brazil (premium ice cream producer) and Helping Hands (funeral planners) received runners-up prizes of £250. 

All the finalists will benefit from a complete support package from Business in Focus that will help turn their business dreams into reality. This range of support includes financial support, business mentoring and access to a Business Angel to help promote their product in the marketplace.

Lee Sharma, Head of Entrepreneurship at Cardiff and Vale College, said: “The Future Entrepreneur Award has opened the door to a world of business start-up opportunities. The standard of entries was extremely high and shows what our students are capable of. I am so proud of all our entries but particularly Natalie who is just starting her incredible enterprise journey.”

University of Glamorgan Visiting Professor Colin Voisey organised the awards scheme. He said: “I have been impressed with the enthusiasm of all the entrants and the quality of the business ideas they put forward. All of the Future Entrepreneur Award finalists have the potential to go on to have a highly successful future.”